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Obituary: Laurence Neil Connolly, distribution director at Ted Baker

Laurence Neil Connolly, distribution director Ted Baker, died on 14 May aged 59.

Connolly, who worked at the business for 21 years, passed away following a year’s struggle with pancreatic cancer.

laurence neil connolly

laurence neil connolly

He first cut his teeth in the fast-paced world of the West End rag trade. A regular face in the 1980s on Great Titchfield Street, he was never without a smile and had a good word for everybody.

Connolly’s career took a different direction when on a fishing trip in 1996 he met Ted Baker founder Ray Kelvin, who offered him the opportunity to join the business and oversee the management of its growing warehouse.

He grew with the business and, in time, became a key member of the executive team. He enjoyed his role as distribution director running Ted Baker’s logistics distribution centre in Park Royal, managing a team of 70, some of whom had been with him since the early days.

Connolly then handed the mantle over to a third-party logistics company and embraced his new role as Ted Baker’s ambassador to oversee and set up up the new build operation while ensuring the best working practices and culture were transferred seamlessly.

Connolly continued to work and advise the teams during his periods of chemotherapy.

He had many great passions, including Chelsea FC, fishing, skiing and Alice Cooper, but none more so than being part of a successful team enabling the people around him to succeed.

He leaves behind his wife, Sandra, and teenage daughters, Alice, Jessica and Neive.

He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Donations are appreciated in the memory of Laurence Neil Connolly for Isabel Hospice, where he received palliative care – isabelhospice.org.uk.

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